How to Make Hand Sanitizer

by Merissa on October 28, 2009

in Little House Living

How to Make Hand Sanitizer

While I'm not a big fan of hand sanitizer in general since it can be so drying to your hands and it usually just smells bad. I can understand that it has it's time and place. If you are in a very dirty, germ filled grocery store with no-where to wash your hands during flu season you aren't going to care if your hands smell a little bit from using hand sanitizer, at least they are clean!

But if you'd rather skip the store version of hand sanitizer, it's actually pretty easy to make your own. Here's the simple recipe for how to make hand sanitizer at home!

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

What You Need: 

  • 4 Tablespoons Rubbing Alcohol  (you can also use Witch Hazel for something a little less harsh)
  • 6 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel (Where to Buy)
  • A few drops of Tea Tree Oil (Where to Buy)

What to Do:

In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients together until blended. Place in a small spry bottle (you can pick them up in the travel section of most stores and grocery stores) and use as needed. Store in your car when traveling but remove if the vehicle is going to get too hot or too cold, you don't want your mixture to freeze and make a mess in your car!


You could also add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to not only make the entire mixture smell a little better but also to add extra antibacterial properties.

If you find that your hand sanitizer is too drying to your hands you might also want to carry around a  small container of Homemade Lotion as well to use after applying the sanitizer. It will help restore moisture back to your hands and give them a much more pleasant smell!

Make sure to check out all the other fun Make Your Own projects we have here on Little House Living!

Do you use hand sanitizer or do you skip it? What other essential oils do you think you could add?


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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Patricia June 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I am very frugal and love all your ideas!


2 Hazel July 26, 2013 at 8:47 am

What do you mean by parts?


3 Merissa July 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

Lets say you need to add 1 part water to 2 parts vinegar for a recipe…that means you’d add 1 cup of water and 2 cups of vinegar, or if you add 2 cups of water then you’d add 4 cups of vinegar.


4 Candy Gardner July 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

What can you use in place of the alcohol? A 4 year old girl in pre-school licked her hands after using hand sanitizer, and was rushed to the hospital. They had to pump her stomach and treat her for several days before releasing her. The alcohol did some liver damage. You never know what little children will do, so I need something without alcohol.


5 Merissa July 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I’ve been trying to find something without alcohol but it’s nearly impossible. I think the best substitute in this case would be regular hand washing or maybe even just carrying wet wipes.


6 Rae September 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Witch Hazel is a MUCH better option that rubbing alcohol. The tea tree oil (use more than a few drops) is antibacterial so the alcohol is not needed. I use about 1 cup pure aloe vera gel, 2-3 TBSP low alcohol content witch hazel, choose…30 drops tea tree and 10-15 drops lavender EO…OR…40-45 drops Four Thieves Oil, and 8-10 drops vitamin E oil to preserve. Works great!


7 Angelica August 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm

This is a really good idea! It’s way better than the horrible Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer! It has chemicals in them that increases your chance of CANCER!!!


8 Angelica August 27, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Do you have to use aloe vera? I don’t have any and its pretty expensive. Are there any substitutes for aloe vera?


9 Merissa August 28, 2013 at 7:45 am

You may be able to use something else but I would recommend Aloe Vera, it will keep your hands from drying out. Check at a health foods store…you should be able to find it for less.


10 Melanie January 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Bulk Apothecary has Aloe Vera at a decent price. I haven’t tried it yet, but I love their other products!


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